Was 2013 Good, Bad or Ugly?
Do you have a love-hate relationship with the end of the year?
I sure do!
There’s so much to love about this month, like:
• Buying and wrapping gifts for family and friends.
• Okay…looking forward to un-wrapping gifts with my name on them is still as much fun as it was when I was young.
• Being almost REQUIRED to eat lots of chocolate, candycanes and other holiday treats.
• Champagne—another almost requirement – I do enjoy this one!
• Knowing that (for the most part) my family and friends…including me…are healthy and happy for another year.
What’s not to love about the end of the year?
Well, one thing—looking at the good, the bad and the ugly of last year.
Sigh. Gotta’ do it. Gotta’ look at all those wonderful goals I set for myself while I was in the throes of energy and enthusiasm, and firmly in the grip of the power of positive thinking—last year.
Yes, every year, I set personal and professional goals. I don’t just suggest this activity for my clients – I go through the process as well. I will:
• Look at the goals that have been met. (I want to start with the good to make sure I keep going.
• Look at the goal(s) that have not been met and ask myself “why”
Were they the wrong goals for me, for what I need right now in my life? Did I include something just because I thought I should—maybe because someone else had a goal in mind for me?
If the goal seemed right, did I really understand and accept WHY I wanted whatever it was?
Why exactly was that important to me a year ago? Knowing what was really important to me should have helped me come up with the plan to get there.
Was the goal realistic? Sure, I wanted to have to stretch a little, but did I include something that was huge leap for me?
What stopped me? (I’ll get a second cup of chocolate before I tackle this one.) Was it REALLY out of my control? Could I have influenced those external factors to work the way I needed them to? Or, was it all me? Did I lose sight of the prize? Did I just get too tired? Okay…if it was JUST me, then that’s okay. Me, I can change! And I WILL!
Thanks for letting me share this with you. I’m already feeling better about this activity. I have a process to follow! I can do this! I’m going to make my cup of chocolate right now. Maybe you want to do the same thing? (Swiss Miss makes a great mix.)